The US will open up their country Limits for non-essential travel from Canada and Mexico in November, according to a new announcement from die USA Department of Homeland Security. But there is a catch: only people who are full Vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to enter the USA
Non-essential travel to the United States, including tourism and visiting friends or family, has been banned over land and ferries from Mexico and Canada during much of the Covid-19 pandemic. But with all three countries getting more and more vaccinated, the US government decided it was time to lift restrictions.
Homeland Security Minister Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced this on Tuesday, stressing that these new freedoms for international travel only apply to people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
“In accordance with the new international air travel system launched in November, we will allow travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including visiting friends and Family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings, ”said Minister Mayorkas in a opinion.
“Cross-border travel creates significant economic activity in our border communities and benefits our entire economy. We look forward to taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner, ”Mayorkas continued.
Oddly enough, workers traveling to the US do not currently require vaccination as an entry requirement, and the Department of Homeland Security does not require vaccination for these individuals until January 2022.
“This approach will give important travelers such as truckers, students and healthcare workers ample time to get vaccinated,” the DHS said in a statement.
The Covid-19 vaccination rate in the US is currently 56.8%, in Canada 72.2% and in Mexico only 37.6%. And although the vaccination rate in America is far lower than in Canada, the neighbor to the north opened fully vaccinated Americans back in August.
The U.S. recorded 111,707 new cases of Covid-19 and 2,541 deaths on Tuesday, according to the New York Times’ Covid tracker. Canada reported 2,323 new cases and 69 new deaths on Tuesday, while Mexico reported 7,187 new cases and 546 new deaths on Tuesday.